Charleville's Aileen Browne was ratified as a Fine Gael candidate in the 2014 Local Election in the Cork North East constituency at a convention held at Corrin Events Centre Fermoy last Sunday.
Ms Browne, who was nominated by Seamus O'Connor, chairman of Charleville Fine Gael, and seconded by Matt Ryan, chairman of Newtownshandrum Fine Gael, has come up through the ranks in the organisation having served as an officer at branch, district and constituency level.
She has also served on the executive council on election by Fine Gael members in Munster. Ms Browne has been involved in numerous election campaigns and was Fine Gael director of election campaigns in the last general election and local elections in Limerick.
Now back living in Charleville for the past four years, Ms Browne is involved in local community activities in the town and secretary of Charleville Tidy Towns Committee, which won an endeavour award in the National Tidy Towns Competition for the most improved entry in its section in North Cork. She is also secretary of Charleville Community Forum, which represents community, sporting, cultural and community groups in the town and area.
A graduate of UCC, Aileen is area manager for the mid-west with the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and her job entails organising and promoting blood donation clinics and dealing with individuals and community groups.
In her address to delegates at the convention she said: "We are witnessing huge changes in how local government is delivered. These changes have been described as the most radical in 100 years, including changes in planning. Councillors will now have a greater say in local enterprise and economic development.
"Councils will be asked to prepare local action plans to guide and foster economic activity and stimulate job creation within the area and provide planning, oversight and accountability of the new local enterprise offices, which will replace the county enterprise boards," she said.
She said she was an experienced canvasser and would be able to explain to voters what Fine Gael in government has achieved. "Every door in the Fermoy area will have to be knocked on as every vote counts and I believe that I have the talents, skills and experience needed to be elected to Cork County Council," she said.